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People are fleeing California, and not because of the Coronavirus.  What can we learn about living more simply, staying within our means, and keeping family first?

Fr. Tim Grumbach joins Trending with Timmerie to discuss his experience as a priest unable to give the sacraments to the people, the good things we’ve seen come from the Covid-19 quarantine, and the things it may challenge us to do moving forward; and the ultimate sacrifice our priests are called to make.


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Originally broadcast on 3/29/20


Don’t fall off your chair!  Michael Gasparro (Associate Marriage and Family Therapist) joins Trending with Timmerie to make sense of the “consensual non-monogamy” fad.  Have you heard of serial monogamy?  The’ll also discuss attraction and birth control as covered in the new Netflix series “Sex Explained”.  Don’t let Netflix be the sex educator of the culture.  Also, hear a therapist’s perspective on preparing for Lent and how you can intentionally prepare.

Where is the common ground on abortion? How can we use this to make others more pro-life?


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Originally broadcast on 2/16/20


We’re starting off the second week of advent with the theme of peace.  World peace, meditation, yoga, mental health. Who isn’t trying to find peace within the world or themselves?

Fr. Robert Spitzer, president of the The Magis Center and co-founder of The Napa Institute, joins Trending with Timmerie to discuss the theme of peace that goes with the advent candle.

As people face ongoing interior dissatisfaction and the feel that they no longer belong, you will learn what the virtue of peace is and how you can develop your faith and character.


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Originally broadcast on 12/7/19


Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s show, Rick welcomes a trio of terrific guests to the program. Fr. Glenn Baaten (Chaplain of Santiago Retreat Center), Mark McElrath (Executive Director for Santiago Retreat Center) and Chase Moynihan (Titan Catholic at CSUF).

They’re all here to share about all the great summer goings-on at the Santiago Retreat Center in Silverado Canyon.. and that includes the upcoming “1531 Folk Fest” on Saturday, August 11th and the “Compostela Campout” featuring radio host and Catholic apologist, Patrick Madrid.






Originally broadcast on 7/28/18



The first step in our initiation into Christian life is the sacrament Baptism. In fact, because of your Baptism you are Christian. But in Catholic teaching, Baptism is just the beginning of a full life in Christ. For most children it is a gift to them from their parents while they are still infants. 

The sacramental grace of Baptism works within the child’s soul to encourage maturity in faith and learning.  It is followed by two other very important rites of initiation that are uniquely Catholic in their sacramental nature and theology.  

Some people look on Confirmation as something like the Jewish Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah, however, according to Katie Dawson, director of Parish Faith Formation for the Diocese of Orange, “Confirmation isn’t a coming of age ritual. The rites of initiation are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, in that order. After the Bishop is given testimony as to our living out the life of Christ in faith, he then ‘confirms’ us in the faith.” 

Theologically, the Eucharist is the pinnacle of our initiation or ‘communion’ with the Church. According to Catholic Answers, “In the early Church, sacramental initiation always involved the bishop; the bishop was the ordinary minister of both Baptism and Confirmation. However, pastoral practice changed as the Church expanded rapidly. When bishops could no longer be present at all celebrations of Baptism, they chose to retain a role in the process of initiation by continuing to be the ordinary minister of Confirmation. In the Latin Church, with the bishop as the minister of Confirmation, it is evident how this Sacrament can serve to strengthen the person’s bond with the Church and her apostolic origins. However, there are also times when the bishop entrusts the celebration of the rite of Confirmation to a priest, such as in the case of the Baptism of an adult or the reception of an adult from another Christian community into full communion with the Church.” 

Confirmation also brings gifts – seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit to be exact. Wisdom helps us to see things as God sees them. Knowledge calls us to contemplation and prayer. Understanding is to know ourselves in light of God’s divine purpose. Fortitude or courage to trust that when we are strong in the face of evil we have faith that God is with us. The gift of Counsel or right judgment gives us the peace that, as St. Paul states, surpasses all understanding. Reverence or piety is to respect the things of God and the creation he has given us. And fear of the Lord, is not fear as we know it today, but wonder at the magnificence of God and the love He has for each of us.  

Today, most confirmations take place in the teen years.  Although confirmed in the faith, it doesn’t necessarily mean that confirmed teens will be stalwarts of the faith forevermore. In fact, they are confirmed just before they go off in the secular world that will lure them with all kinds of distractions, and distortions regarding faith and morals. 

The rite of Confirmation draws many images and scriptural readings from Pentecost, and several passages in the Acts of the Apostles. Acts 19:6 contains one of many passages: “…And when Paul laid (his) hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.” Sometimes, the Holy Spirit can grab hold of a young soul and if the grace is accepted they go forth and never stray far from the faith. In others, the grace may lay dormant until, years later, when life becomes more complex the adult is drawn back through grace to God and the Church. It is still all a question of free will. 

According to Dawson, “As the newly confirmed grow and mature they can become more open to the grace from their Confirmation.  For example, in college they may be able to pass a test on a great and complex work of literature, but they probably won’t fully understand it until they have had more life experience.”  That is why Confirmation is so important, it is like an energy overlay on our Baptism, calling us to live our life in Christ – no matter how long it takes or how many challenges come before us. 



One of the greatest privileges I have as a bishop is the opportunity to preside at the sacrament of Confirmation. A drawback, however, is that I am obligated to conduct over forty Confirmations in roughly a two month period—which means that I become tired, rather quickly, of my own homily! As a result, I’m frequently shifting gears, trying out new ideas, looking at the complex phenomenon of Confirmation from a variety of angles. I want to share with you in this article some of the key ideas in the latest iteration of my Confirmation sermon.

Immediately prior to the prayer, which calls down the Spirit on the candidates, the Bishop leads them in a re-affirmation of their baptismal promises. I tell the young people that parents and godparents made these promises for them when they were babies, but that now they will have the responsibility of making them in their own name and while they stand on their own two feet. The first promise is negative in form, which is only natural, for to set one’s face is necessarily to set one’s back. And so the confirmandi declare that they renounce Satan and all his works and empty promises. These empty promises, I tell them, can be heard everywhere in the popular culture. They are in practically every movie they watch, every song they listen to, every casual conversation in which they engage: “you will be happy if you just get enough wealth, enough pleasure, enough power, and enough honor; if you fill up the empty heart with a sufficient amount of these worldly goods, you will find satisfaction.” At this point, I usually ask them to consider the image of the crucified Jesus, prominently displayed in the church. Notice, I say, that we don’t have an image of Bill Gates or Donald Trump or Beyonce on the central axis of the room, but rather that of a man being tortured to death, someone devoid of all wealth, pleasure, power, or honor.

The remaining promises assert what the confirmandi are for. The first of these positive formulations is the simple assertion of belief in God. This is much more than a statement of intellectual conviction; it is, instead, an affirmation of the meaning and direction of one’s life. To believe in God, is to know, I tell the young people, that your life is not about you. A baby’s life is all about himself, the meeting of his immediate needs. But as the child matures, he realizes, increasingly, that he has obligations and connections beyond himself—to his family, his community, his culture, his country, and finally to God. The central narrative of the Bible—repeated again and again—is that people find who they are precisely in the measure that they hear and follow the voice of God inviting them on mission. To say, therefore, that you believe in God is to break out of the shell of a self-regarding egotism and to launch out into the deep, to go on a spiritual adventure.

Next, the confirmandi are invited to announce their belief in “Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.” I ask them to concentrate on the word “Lord.” The Lord is the one who has mastery, who controls, who literally dominates, (from the Latin word Dominus). Everyone in the world has a Lord. It might be a person, a country, an ideology, a political party, or an institution, but everyone is beholden to something or someone. As Nobel laureate Bob Dylan memorably put it: “You gotta serve somebody/ It may be the devil or it may be the Lord/ But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” To claim the Lordship of Jesus is to acknowledge that every aspect of one’s life belongs to him and comes under his sway. It is to be branded as Jesus’ own. I remind the confirmandi that Confirmation, along with Baptism and Holy Orders, is a “character” sacrament, meaning that it permanently marks the one who receives it, and that, appropriately enough, the word “character” is derived from a Greek term meaning “brand.”

After declaring their belief in the Son, the confirmandi are invited to affirm their belief in the “Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life.” The Holy Spirit, I explain, is the love that obtains from all eternity between the Father and the Son. Gazing at one another, the first two divine persons breathe forth their mutual love, and this holy breath is the Spiritus Sanctus. Therefore, the Spirit is the love that God is. Now in the first promise, the confirmandi announce what they are against, namely, the claim that wealth, power, pleasure, or honor will make they happy; in this promise, they unambiguously declare what alone is sufficient to satisfy the infinite longing of their heart: the infinite love that God is. Don’t worry, I tell them, about whether you are rich or poor, famous or forgotten, powerful or powerless; worry, instead, about whether you are growing in your capacity to love. For love is what your heart finally cares about, and love is what you will carry with you into heaven, when you leave all the rest behind.

Finally, the young people are invited to affirm their belief in “the holy catholic Church.” In an anti-institutional, anti-authority time such as ours, this is a hard promise to make, but they have to remember, I tell them, what the Church is. The Church of Jesus is Christ is not an organization or a club. From such a voluntary society, one can legitimately withdraw. But as Paul told us long ago, the Church is not an organization, but an organism, a living body, of which Christ is the head and all of the baptized are cells, molecules, and organs. The Church is the mystical body that the Logos has taken to himself, just as surely as he took to himself a physical body in Palestine two thousand years ago; accordingly, it is the vehicle by which he continues to do his work in the world. To withdraw from it, therefore, is to block the flow of grace. Many of the confirmandi, at least here in Los Angeles, wear red gowns that look very much like graduation robes. I emphatically tell them that these are not graduation gowns, but gowns of initiation, for Confirmation is not an end but a beginning. Renouncing Satan, believing in God, the Lordship of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit, fully initiated in the Church, they are now ready to start. Just a few months ago, Pope Francis made the same point when speaking to a group of Italian students approaching Confirmation. Remember, he said, Confirmation is not the sacramento di arrivaderci! (the sacrament of “see ya later”).

I always assure those I confirm that I will remember them in prayer. Could I invite anyone who reads these words to pray for the army of fully-initiated members of Christ’s mystical body who have been confirmed this year?


Bishop Robert Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.


When it comes to the sacrament of confirmation, Katie Dawson wants to clear up a widely held misunderstanding.

“I have often heard that confirmation is when a child becomes an adult, and that’s exactly wrong,” says Dawson, director of Parish Faith Formation for the Diocese of Orange. “That’s not what confirmation is.”

Indeed, while many Catholics view the sacrament as the time when a young person comes of age, confirmation actually is about the individual’s journey of faith.

Confirmation is rooted in the holy day of Pentecost when God as the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles. It is the sacrament that solidifies a person’s relationship with Christ that began with baptism and “further strengthens them in their capacity to defend and spread the faith,” as the apostles set out to do, says Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

“I told those I confirmed that they are, in a certain sense, successors of those first men upon whom the Holy Spirit descended and that they have the same fundamental task,” Barron wrote in a recent blog post about performing the sacrament for the first time.

“Their confirmation, I further explained, is therefore not really for them; it is for the church and the wider world,” he writes.

Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation, with baptism, first Holy Communion and confirmation inextricably linked, Dawson says.

“These three sacraments are the gateway to full membership in the body of Christ,” she says. “There is a deep transformation when we are baptized, receive the Holy Eucharist and are confirmed, and confirmation puts the seal on our initiation.”

In the early church it was not uncommon to deliver all three sacraments at the same time. They were delivered by a bishop when he was in town to confirm eligible followers. Today confirmation is administered to high school students, usually at the age of 14 or 15.

“Some bishops saw that it would be practical to push it into high school so kids would be better able to understand it since they were older,” Dawson says.

There was also a desire to separate the sacrament from elementary school and graduation. “We didn’t want the sacrament linked to a school schedule,” she says.

A candidate for confirmation selects a sponsor who can guide them through the process. Responsibilities include attending mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and participating in church service projects with the confirmation candidate.

“This person is to be an active and engaged Catholic who, with word and action, lives out their faith,” according to the Diocese of Orange, which also recommends selecting a godparent involved in the candidate’s baptism as a way of linking the two sacraments.

A confirmee also chooses a saint name, a decision that must be carefully considered, Dawson says.

“What we want young people to do is to identify someone that they can look to as a model of faith, someone that they find appealing,” she says. “Maybe that person has ideals and circumstances in connection with the child. Maybe it is someone who is exciting and interesting, a saint of heroic virtue, someone who did great things.”

Whomever the confirmation candidate chooses for their saint name, it should be a saint that the candidate should aspire to emulate, Dawson advises.

“They should be saints who encourage us to be better,” she says.